PechaKucha Night Halifax takes the City Focus Spotlight for some great presentations from their recent Vol. 21. With topics ranging from craft in pop culture to design for healthy aging, from Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia to an app that makes it easy to meet new people, their presentations are well worth a look!  

“We are here to knock down the barriers between music, education and people.”

In Halifax Music Co-op from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 20, John Bogardus shares what the Halifax Music Co-op is. Bogardus is a curious and passionate conductor, and has been playing in and leading ensembles the majority of his life. In 2010, John started the program that would become the Halifax Music Co-op. Since that time, he has devoted his life to nurturing the organization and its membership as both Executive Director and Music Director of the HMC. His passion for music and musical education has grown the Halifax Music Co-op from humble beginnings to an organization of half a dozen ensembles and over 200 members.

We're looking forward to a year of brilliant sharing in the non-digital space we call PechaKucha.

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PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 Presentations With a name like FabCafe -- and with a location in Tokyo's Shibuya district -- you may think that the "Fab" stands for "fabulous," but instead it's short for "fabricate." This presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) by Toshimasa Kawai will reveal some of the amazing things that you can produce on a visit. Hint: It involves a laser cutter. This presentation (in German, from PKN Regensburg Vol. 2) by Johannes Paffrath could also be called: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Aperture But Were Afraid to Ask." PKN Halifax Vol. 11 Posters There are no new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight this poster for next Tuesday's (July 24) PKN Halifax Vol. 11 -- you'll find more details and the list of presenters with links on the official event page. PKN Bangkok Vol. 5 Links We have a couple of links to share today, that act as event reports for PKN Bangkok's recent relaunch (pictured above) and PKN Dubai Vol. 11. 

Calendar Here's what you can expect in terms of weekend action. First, tonight (Friday, July 20), there's Tijuana's very first PKN, as well as PKN Waterville Vol. 8. On Saturday night, Taos hosts its Vol. 7. And if you'd like to plan the week ahead, on Monday you can expect PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and PKN San Jose Vol. 7. 

PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9 Presentations For nearly 8 years Steve Jaros has been lucky enough to be a working writer in the video games industry. Most recently he was nominated for best writing at the Game Developers Choice Awards for his work on the game Saints Row: The Third. Naturally, he lost to Portal 2. In this presentation (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9), Steve shares some of his guilty pleasures. Akio Aoki (Miru) covers (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) a few of his projects and products, and also shares some of the exhibitions that have featured his work. PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11 Posters We kick off the week with a few new posters on our Tumblr blog. Covered are the following events: PKN Halifax Vol. 11, PKN Memphis Vol. 3, PKN London Vol. 8, and PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, pictured above.  PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 Photos and video We have one new gallery of photos [Facebook] to share with you today, from last week's PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22. Pictured above, a look at the warehouse-like venue. When we approve a new PKN series, we ask the new organizer (or team) to send us a greeting video (PK founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham do the same for the city's first event). Here's the wonderful video from the organizers of PKN Osijek. Links Today's links include a few tips on making a PechaKucha presentation, and some nice coverage of Tulsa's recent first PKN.

Calendar It's going to be a slow week -- summer has officially hit -- but don't let that stop you from catching the events that are being held, like tonight's (July 17) PKN Jacksonville Vol. 20. 

PKN Toronto Vol. 13 Toronto's "lucky" PechaKucha Night Vol. 13 was part of the Global Cities Week, and here we have a few photos from the event, taken by Behnaz Beigui -- there's more to see in this Facebook gallery. The photo of the video chat shows PKN Halifax organizer Peter Wünsch, as the two cities did a Skype call during their respective PKNs to connect. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. More...

Poster for PKN Halifax Vol. 10 Halifax is taking part in the Global Cities Week, with its PechaKucha Night Vol. 10 happening on February 22, at The Seahorse. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

Poster for PKN Halifax Vol. 9 PechaKucha Night in Halifax Vol. 9 is coming up, set for December 7 at the Seahorse Tavern, and will be hosted by Will Wood of Picnicface. You'll find the full list of presenters on the official event page.

Poster by James White You may recognize this poster, as it was one of the most visible examples of graphic design mixing with charity efforts following the Japan Earthquake -- and it also acts as the cover to the #quakebook project. The designer is Halifax-based James White, and he was a presenter at that city's Inspire Japan event on the 16th. Here's more from PKN Halifax organizer Peter Wunsch:

On a global/local connection, we had Halifax designer James White talk about his Help Japan poster which set off a global poster/graphic flurry of creativity ultimately responsible for some pretty major fundraising efforts. His poster alone has raised north of 18,000.00 $CDN (and stirred a bit of controversy around "cool" imagery being used in the context of disaster).

Flyer for PKN Halifax Vol. 4

Flyer for PKN Halifax Vol. 4

Halifax is readying its fourth PechaKucha Night, with the event now set for February 16 at the Seahorse Tavern, featuring guest host Gary Markle. As the back of the flyer indicates, seating will be limited, so make sure to show up early.

Flyer for PKN Halifax Vol. 4